Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho believes there could be only one reason why long -term rival Arsene Wenger missed out on mentioning him in his new book .
“ Because he never beat me ,” Mourinho told reporters on Friday .
Wenger’ s autobiography — “ My Life in Red and White ” — looks back over his 22 years in charge of Arsenal between 1996 and 2018 .
But there was no mention of his touchline duels with Mourinho, whose Chelsea side dethroned the Frenchman ’s Invincibles in 2004 / 2005 .
The rivalry came to a head in 2014 when they physically clashed on the touchline during an English Premier League ( EPL ) meeting at Stamford Bridge .
It took Wenger 14 attempts to beat the Portuguese coach who once branded him a “ specialist in failure” , and in the end could only muster two wins in 19 matches .
“ You are not going to do a chapter about 12 or 14 matches and never win one . So, why should he speak about me in his book ? A book is a thing to make you happy , make you proud . So, I perfectly understand the situation ,” said Mourinho.
Ahead of Tottenham ’s London derby against West Ham United on Sunday , Mourinho said Gareth Bale is fit and available to make his second debut for the club .
Bale secured a return to north London from Real Madrid on loan last month but was rested during the international break to rebuild his fitness levels .
“ I am not going to tell you if he is going to play ( on Sunday ) , ” Mourinho said . “ What I can tell you is that he is working very well . He is working in the way he was not able to do for a long time .”
Mourinho also took the opportunity to praise club chairman Daniel Levy for pulling off an “ amazing” transfer window for the club .
Apart from Bale , Spurs also brought in Sergio Reguillon from Real Madrid along with Matt Doherty , Pierre Emile -Hojbjerg , Joe Hart and Carlos Vinicius .
“ I can only publicly thank them for what they gave to the team . And now ( it ) is for me , my staff and the players to answer in a positive way and have a good season, ” said Mourinho.
( Reuters / NAN )
Tiger Woods Hospitalised After Car Crash
US golfer Tiger Woods was hospitalized Tuesday after a car crash in which his vehicle sustained “ major damage , ” the Los Angeles County Sheriff ’s department said .
Woods, the sole occupant, was removed from the wreckage by firefighters and paramedics and taken to a local hospital for treatment , a statement said.
The extent of his injuries was not known . The roll -over collision near Los Angeles did not involve any other vehicles .
FIFA Clears Eight Players For Super Eagles
FIFA has cleared eight new players for the Super Eagles.
Fulham’s forward Ademola Lookman is on top of the list.
Others on the list are:
* Jordan Torunarigha Hertha BSC
* Nathan Tella Southampton FC
* Tosin Adarabioyo Fulham FC
* Ovie Ejaria Reading FC
* Noni Madueke PSV
* Sheyi Ojo Cardiff City
Arsenal Complete Martin Odegaard Signing
By Agency Report
Arsenal have made an official statement to confirm that they have signed Martin Odegaard from Real Madrid on loan. The 22-year-old Norwegian international has joined the Premier League heavyweights for the remainder of the 2020/21 season.
Odegaard was touted for big things upon returning from his impressive loan spell at Real Sociedad, having been recalled from a two-year spell with La Real early, last summer. However, the 22-year-old has struggled to nail down his spot in Zinedine Zidane’s side, managing just nine outings in all competitions till date. His situation alerted Arsenal, who have quickly moved to sign him.
The interest from Arsenal makes a great deal of sense, seeing as they have lacked a genuine creative powerhouse in the squad this season. While Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka provided respite in recent weeks, the Gunners have still been in need of another out-and-out attacking playmaker, especially following the infamous departure of Mesut Ozil.
On his part, the young Norwegian was intent on temporarily leaving Real Madrid, which brought Arsenal on the verge of signing him this week. With Los Blancos unwilling to let him join Real Sociedad again, Arsenal became the favourites to sign him and have now secured his services. Upon his arrival, Mikel Arteta expressed his delight at having landed Odegaard.
The Arsenal boss said, “It’s great that we’ve secured Martin to come to us until the end of the season. Martin is of course a player that we all know very well and although still young, he has been playing at the top level for a while. Martin will provide us with quality offensive options and we’re all excited to be integrating him into our plans between now and May.”